Anna Ayres is a Senior Medical Scientist and the Operations Manager for the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL). Anna has over 20 years of experience in research, with an emphasis on virology and molecular biology. Prior to her current role, Anna was part of the Research and Molecular Development department, investigating and diagnosing clinically significant hepatitis B (HBV) mutations, in particular mutations associated with drug resistance. Other research interests include perinatal transmission of HBV during pregnancy. As Operations Manager for VIDRL, Anna is responsible for the day-to- day operations of the diagnostic services VIDRL provides for clinics and hospitals, as well as state and international functions.